Posts Tagged ‘Television’

TV Recap: American Horror Story, Episode 7

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

american7 Episode 7 of American Horror Story marks the midway point of American Horror Story’s debut season, but the episode actually felt like more of a placeholder than an organic plot-mover or thriller. Right? Bat-shit crazy stuff happened throughout the episode, yet the series’ main story lines hardly budged an inch. “Open House” gave us more [&hellip
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TV Recap: American Horror Story, Episode 6

Written by Doug Strassler on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

american6 The sixth episode of American Horror Story is a perfect example of a show struggling to find its identity. You’d think that a Ryan Murphy series featuring ample amounts of sex, murder and ghosts, set against a dark depiction of Hollywood would be writing its own playbook, especially considering there isn’t much of an established formula to follow. In [&hellip
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Living Lifetime: Rob Lowe in Untouchable

Written by Noah Wunsch on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

roblowe Lifetime opens its floodgate doors, and out rushes another hit into the glorious field of Cablevision. Rob Lowe has been on a roll these past few years. Since his 1988 sex tape debacle, (“She was underage? Whaaaa?”) he has managed to regenerate his career time and time again. Starring in The West Wing. Yucking it up [&hellip
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TV Review: Luther, Season Two

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

Something happened between the first and second seasons (or series, as the British would have it) of Brit cop show Luther. Maybe it’s the relative lack of Ruth Wilson’s sociopath Alice, or the weaker premise that finds Luther now more resolutely straightforward, where once it felt ambiguous and terrifying. Still recovering from the death of his [&hellip
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TV Review: A Gifted Man

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

A blue-chip NYC-theater cast (Patrick Wilson, Jennifer Ehle, Marin Ireland, Margo Martindale) can’t elevate CBS’ A Gifted Man high enough to forgive its flaws. Wilson is Michael, a wildly successful Manhattan neurosurgeon whose snobbery and wealth are punished by the sudden appearance of his dead ex-wife (Ehle). Apparently, being a rich doctor who doesn’t work in a [&hellip
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TV Review: The Hour

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

The Hour, the latest British import being aired by BBC-America, has cast a wide net when it comes to potential audiences. The biggest draw is the 1950s time period; set at the BBC in 1956, The Hour follows three brash employees of the titular news show. But there is also an espionage plot, a feminist storyline, a [&hellip
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TV Review: MTV's Awkward

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

MTV is working off some of its karmic debt incurred by Jersey Shore with its new teen comedy,Awkward. Combining the best parts of Easy A and the much-missed Daria—can we get a “where are they now?” special for the graduates of Lawndale High?—Awkward. finds the calmly skeptical Jenna (Ashley Rickards) dealing with the effect of the entire school’s eyes on her after [&hellip
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TV Review: Suits

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

I had almost written off USA shows after the premieres of Covert Affairs (Piper Perabo joins the CIA because she got dumped!) and Fairly Legal (she’s an arbitrator with a messy personal life who doesn’t go by the book but gets results!). The endless sunshine of Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Royal Pains and White Collar—where New York City always looks like a gorgeous [&hellip
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TV Review: Wilfred

Written by Mark Peikert on . Posted in Arts & Film, TV

There is nothing comforting about  FX’s new comedy Wilfred—and I mean that as a compliment. Never mind the weekly drudgery of a procedural, which follows the same routine week after week, but with new guest stars. Or the canned laughter of a sitcom that reminds you to laugh at the non-threatening jokes. Wilfred is not the type [&hellip
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